LOS ANGELES • The shock Kentucky Derby winner Rich Strike won’t compete on this Saturday’s Preakness Stakes because of the fast turnaround.
This means there might be no likelihood for a Triple Crown champion this 12 months.
Rich Strike received final weekend’s “Run for the Roses” on the second-longest odds within the race’s 148-year historical past, regardless of ranging from the dreaded Gate 20 and being entered for the race solely the day earlier than.
“Obviously, with our tremendous effort and win in the Derby, it’s very, very tempting to alter our course and run in the Preakness at Pimlico, which would be a great honour for all our group,” stated Rich Strike’s proprietor, Rick Dawson, in an announcement.
“However, after much discussion and consideration with my trainer, Eric Reed, and a few others, we are going to stay with our plan of what’s best for Ritchie is what’s best for our group, and pass on running in the Preakness, and point toward the Belmont in approximately five weeks.”
A horse should win the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness and the Belmont in the identical 12 months to be heralded the Triple Crown champion.
Animal rights activists applauded Dawson’s resolution to place the horse’s welfare first. – REUTERS